6 big offseason mistakes made by the Carolina Panthers at midseason

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Carolina Panthers extended Robby Anderson

Giving Robby Anderson a two-year contract extension before the season was met with widespread praise. The wide receiver made a tremendous impact in 2020 after signing in free agency from the New York Jets, but these heights haven’t been reached during his second year with the Carolina Panthers.

Anderson’s struggles aren’t all his own doing. There is a clear chemistry issue with former Jets teammate Sam Darnold, but dropping the football isn’t doing the Temple product any favors whatsoever.

Hindsight would be a wonderful thing to have in the NFL. Anderson has the talent to turn things around, but the Panthers might already be regretting the fact they handed the wideout a lucrative deal ahead of time.

If things don’t progress for Anderson then he’d be a possible trade candidate this offseason. Although much will also depend on how Terrace Marshall Jr. progresses over the second half of the campaign.

Providing the Panthers find a willing partner, trading Anderson pre-June 1 comes with a $7.67 million dead-cap figure and a saving of $9.16 million. If they do it after this date, then the dead money drops to $3.83 million, which saves $13 million to better spend elsewhere.